If your uncle is Fiji captain Akapusi Qera then there is a good chance that you will have a solid grounding from which to build a rugby career, and that is exactly what Lagi Tuima has done. With her dad Rusiate and her three brothers also playing rugby, Fiji-born Lagi was surrounded by the game from a young age but it was not until she joined Devonport Services at the age of 16 that she first began to play.
After a stint with Plymouth Albion Ladies she was signed by Bristol Ladies for the Tyrrells Premier 15s 2017/18season and after only two months of top flight rugby, she was called up to the England squad and made her debut as replacement against Canada. A few days later, at the age of 19, she made her first international start at Twickenham Stadium as the Red Roses completed a series whitewash against the Canadians at the Home of England Rugby.
The outside centre, who can also play at full back, is playing from Bristol while studying an degree at Exeter University in Exercise and Science. She describes herself as competitive, dopey and laidback and credits England Under 20s coach Jo Yapp, who is also her head coach at university, with helping develop her understanding of the game.
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Last updated: 12 February 2018